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How small can they really get a transistor?

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January 21, 2013 6:15:14 AM

For the past few years Intel kept making the transistors in the processors smaller and smaller. I remember reading something about atoms being about 1nm big. Wouldn't they reach a limit soon? Also come to think of it, how big is a processor without the heat spreader and the pins, just the silicon?

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January 21, 2013 6:16:40 AM

Tis why there is quantum computing....
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January 21, 2013 6:19:54 AM

Atomic radii are measure in 0.01-0.2 nm and a bit more, but certainly not as big as 1 nm. I guess theoretically they could scale the transistor to just a few atoms, i.e. less than 1 nm.
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January 21, 2013 6:25:40 AM

amuffin said:
Tis why there is quantum computing....

But how well does it overclock?
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January 21, 2013 8:13:04 AM

melikepie said:
But how well does it overclock?

Won't need to OC.
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January 21, 2013 8:26:01 AM

amuffin said:
Won't need to OC.


Most people don't NEED to overclock now. There will always be a WANT to OC :bounce: 

Mactronix :) 
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January 21, 2013 10:18:04 AM

^^ +1 to mactronix.

People do like to get the most out of their money
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January 21, 2013 8:27:30 PM

jaideep1337 said:
^^ +1 to mactronix.

People do like to get the most out of their money

I was wondering why do you have a overclocked CPU when your running with a 550 ti?
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January 22, 2013 6:33:32 AM

melikepie said:
I was wondering why do you have a overclocked CPU when your running with a 550 ti?



A. Because he can

B. Because a PC does more than just play games

Mactronix :)